I was slow to come around to this pattern, but now I really, really love it. Like I wish I could sew three dresses for each of my girls in this pattern. You know, if I had all the time in the world.
Initially, I wasn't sold on the dropped shoulder. I worried it might look like I hadn't set in the sleeve correctly. But I am seeing this style a lot now and it has totally grown on me. I love the relaxed feel.
I sewed the dress in an Art Gallery Knit (Morse Dots in Sun) from the Gnats Shop.
I'm so glad I climbed aboard the knits trains. There was a bit of a learning curve at first, mainly because there is so much variation between knit fabrics- much more so than wovens, in my opinion. But you really can't beat knits from a comfort or convenience perspective and now that I'm used to sewing with them, they are quite simple to work with.
I made quite a few changes to the pattern. I'm never sure how much to go into this or whether it reads like the Charlie Brown teacher. :)
I moved the back placket to the front, adding it to the front center seam allowance and cutting two front bodice pieces. I saved the facing for the placket only and then finished the neckline with an invisible binding (kind of like this).
To err on the side of caution, I went with the size 7 in length. The skirt was three inches too long, but the sleeves were barely long enough. I hemmed them with a 1/2" hem, turning the fabric over only once since knits don't fray.
My experience with knits is that they can shrink as you wash and dry them (and these kids grow like weeds, too!) so I prefer my knits to be a bit long.
All of my girls are in need of leggings. They are so hard on their store bought leggings that nearly every single pair had been worn through at the knees. Most didn't even make it through the season last year!
This legging pattern is really awesome! For one, it's a single pattern piece - you can't beat that. But also, I love the fit. I was looking for a tight fit, almost like footless tights. I cut the size 4 and added 4 inches in length, keeping the leg completely straight at the bottom. I was so happy with the result.
I found the legging fabric at Joann's. It's really stretchy with fantastic recovery plus the fabric is super cozy. It might be hard to tell from the photos, but they are a charcoal color with subtle striping. All three of my girls are hoping for a pair of these!
Tia has the skinniest little legs. They might even be smaller than Iris' in width, even though Iris is only 4. But Tia is amazingly fast! Like lightning fast! She can run at least as fast as Indigo and Jude - maybe faster(!) and Indigo's hip comes up to Tia's shoulder! The girl's got speed and she loves to run, too!
On this particular day, she had been racing me, which was fun but also so tiring (see previous paragraph about her speed). :) So afterward we took a break and she collected snail shells.
She says she'd like Dan to drill small holes into them to make a bracelet or necklace for her.
She really is the sweetest! I'm sure Dan will be happy to oblige.